Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making Monday #62

Hey friends :) We are flying through this year! Can you believe that THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS are just around the corner?! Like seriously 66 days until Santa comes :) 



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostess have been up to lately:

I'm gettin ready for Halloween, and a totally awesome party this year. I've created an easy Halloween Photo Booth to play with at the party! 


Now it's time to share some of Y'ALLS awesome work! Here are just a couple of the goodies y'all have been sharing lately :)

1. Look at these stunning Glitter Fall Leaves, an easy way to add some glam to your fall decor.


2. Have you ever wondered what you can do with winter squash? Here is a good post about Cooking Winter Squash


3. These look crazy awesome! check out these Chocolate Bat Wings

4. What a great way to display candy! DIY Halloween Candy Cake.


5.  Here are a few great baking tips Effortless Spooky Treats






I hope that you guys are loving this party as much as I am! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cheap Halloween Photo Booth



Eek so close!
2 weeks is an acceptable time to start decorating. We don't have neighbors so we wont have any trick or treaters so instead Reed and I are throwing a party! You can check out the invites I sent out HERE. But today I got ready by starting to decorate for our big party! 


As always I LOVE the Dollar Store. I can walk around there for hhooouurrsss. I mean so much goodness for just A DOLLAR! It is just so inspiring :)
For this party we've obviously asked everyone to dress up, and why dress up if you aren't going to document it! So I've decided that a fun Halloween photo booth is the perfect way to make sure we document all our creative ideas.


This photo booth took less than 30 minutes and cost less than $10!
I bought a white table cloth and hung it on the back porch and used that as the back drop. Then I began draping the Halloween goodies all over. As much as I love to make my own decorations it is really great when you can just buy pre-made decorations and arrange them on your own. So much quicker!

These goodies came in packs and I had SO MUCH more left over I think I'll be able to use it for the table scape too!
And who doesn't want glittery flies. I mean so cool!!


Of course I had to try out my new photo booth! So here's my second costume. Yes, second costume. My first one for the season was this Piñata and Birthday Girl get up with my puppy :) I'll be sharing how I made this Princess Peach costume from goodies laying around the house!

How are you getting ready for Halloween? I'm so excited and can't wait to see how all of y'all celebrate this fun holiday.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making Monday #61

Hey guys! 
Sorry this weeks party is going to be a bit different. Lori my long time co-host and sweet friend has decided to take a break from blogging. Hopefully she will be back soon but for now it's just going to be me around here. Thankfully you guys are pretty awesome and will keep me company :) 



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostess have been up to lately:

Halloween is coming up and we are ready for a party! Heres a quick way to get invites out to all your friends, DIY Party Invitations


And heres a great giveaway to get before the holidays! 


And I'm sorry about this but this week we don't have any features :(
Not because of a lack of great links but because I've been crazy busy and got a bit behind. 
So go on and check out last weeks beautiful party and get inspired! 


We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIY Party Invitation using Rhonna Designs and After Light Phone Apps

Hey heyyyyy! 
I've been doing a good bit for Halloween this year, I'm pretty stoked cause this is the first time Reed and I will really do the Holiday together. I don't know how we've missed it the other 5 years but we have. If you wanna see some of the other posts from my halloween ideas here is a cute idea for you and your puppy along with the tutorial on how to DIY your costume for under $11


So to celebrate our love (I mean my love) of dressing up we are throwing a Halloween party at the boondocks house! I love to through parties, decorate, have lovely food spreads, and design invitations. If I could I would send out invitations every time I asked a friend over for dinner. Sadly, most people don't do paper invitations any more so I decided to do a "text" invitation. I created a design on my phone that I could easily send to my friends with all the details. Just as fun as paper invites except ITS FREE! No postage, no paper costs, no ink costs. Man why don't I do this for everything...

I'm sure most of you have heard of Rhonna Designs, but for those of you who don't know what it is, it is a great phone app that allows you to edit photos. I use it pretty often when I need some digital artwork for my blog. I've even used it to create some business logos! Basically its the bomb and super fun to play with. 
It's .99 cents and totally worth all 99 pennies :)

1. To start off this invite I opened up my Rhonna Designs app and chose the glitter back ground and the size document that would fit a phone. (sorry I forgot to take pictures of these screens...)
2. I chose a font for my "header" of the invitation. Rhonna has like a bajillion awesome fonts so it may take a while to pick :) 
3. Once I had my header in place click on the top right green button it then opens up a side bar and choose the MASK option. 
4. Once you open up the MASK tab you will see a few options at the top choose WHITE and flip the bottom button to ON(green) and then adjust your opacity.
5. Masking basically inverts what you see, so I wanted glitter text with a white back ground so using the mask allowed me to do that!
6. Once I saw the header in glitter I went to play with the fonts again by clicking on the T in the upper left corner.

Once you get your header the way you want SAVE THE IMAGE by clicking the upper left button and selecting SHARE at the bottom. 


At this point I had the header the way I wanted but the app didn't have the artwork I was looking for. Rhonna has a TON of awesome clip art when you click the second button on the top right (some star burst type design). But as I said for this invite she didn't have any thing I was really looking for so I googled an image and saved it to my phone along with the design.

1. Now open up your After Light app with your design from Rhonna Designs. After Light is a photo editing app for your phone that lets you adjust SO MUCH! It's probably the app I use the most on my phone. 
2.  Now choose the crop tab at the bottom of your screen (it is circled in red above).
3. That opens up a list of options and choose the double exposure option (also circled in red above).
4. now play around with the options and opacity. I chose darken and had the opacity about mid way. This allowed me to see the image of the bats THROUGH the original design from Rhonna.

Now save that work and open in back up in Rhonna Designs.


This part is fairly simple. Just play with your spacing and wording to get the invite just the way you like!
1. I started playing with placement.
2. I needed to add something to the bottom to balance the top but didn't want it to get to busy. I chose a simple circle but needed to match the color to the header. To do this select a color similar to the color you have in mind. In this case yellow, then click MORE!
3. More opens up the option for you to adjust the color manually. Play with each level until you have a color that matches what you are thinking!
4. I moved the matching circle to the bottom and now had a more balanced piece.


1. Start filling in your invite with the rest of your information! And don't forget to add some fun flair with different fonts :)
2. Using shapes to cut up a space can actually allow you to fit more information in with out it looking over crowded. 
3. Sticking with a simple color pallet lets you be more creative with your design. Here I used 4 fonts but only 2 colors so it broke up the information in readable chunks with out overwhelming the reader. 

So as you can tell I love these apps. They are some of the most used things on my phone. I LOVE playing with these two and think it is a great alternative to photo editing and design for people who don't have access to things like Photoshop.

Now I've just gotta send this bad boy out and hope people show up!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dollar Store Piñata Costume


Last week I shared a a cute idea for a costume including you AND your dog! I mentioned that the costume was made with nothing but goods from my local Dollar Store, so here I am to share how I turned $10 of random goods in to a super cute costume for two! 


The puppy part was easy. I just purchased a little girls tutu, and birthday hat. 
The idea was to have Tepe hold the Piñata stick in her mouth but she wasn't interested.... 


The more time consuming part of the costume was my piñata outfit.
But it was pretty simple and involved just a few materials.
First be sure to get about 5 different color streamers, and a XL mens tshirt (one that is long enough to work as a dress).

Then I simply took a tank top of my own to trace the arm holes and neck line on the XL tshirt.

Then, starting from the bottom of the shirt, I pinned a single ribbon of a streamer and sewed it to the shirt. I continued this until I reached the top of my shoulders, alternating colors of course :)


Once you have all of your streamers sewn on to your t-shirt simple cut each streamer to create more texture. I had no method to my madness just cut cut cut!

And to finish off the costume I wore some colorful tights, leather boots, and added a gift bow to my hair. You could always take the Piñata thing further and make a head band with horns/ears like the traditional Piñatas have.


I loved this costume idea and wish that Tepe would have been a bit more corporative, but year and a half puppies never do what you expect I guess :) 

I mean just look at how miserable she looked...
I'm thinking we may have needed a smaller hat.


There you have it, a super easy and super cheap costume for two! Now tell me what you are planning to be for halloween, does it include your sweet little fur baby??

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Kitchen Tools Giveaway

It's giveaway time! Can you believe it's already October? I feel like we just celebrated the New Year, but the holiday season is quickly approaching! With the holidays comes a lot more cooking and baking. Since we're all going to be spending some extra time in the kitchen, you should have some cute tools to work with, right? kitchen tools giveaway Since you'll probably be doing a bit more baking than usual this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will need a good set of mixing spoons! The Goose's Nest is giving away a beautiful set of wood burned mixing spoons from their shop. These spoons come with a paisley pattern, that is reminiscent of henna. They are gorgeous!  icm_fullxfull.47041438_9g3eoleojmkgkwwwck8o

You can find The Goose's Nest at their Etsy shop, on Facebook and Pinterest.  And because Gracie and I love our readers so much {and we're feeling awfully generous during our birthday month!}, we gathered up some of our favorite items for the kitchen. The winner will receive a box full of adorable kitchen goodies including: measuring cups and spoons, silicone spatulas, a silicone whisk, an adorable red apron, and blue mason jar inspired coffee mug.

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Don't waste any time! Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked for the season! The giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, October 20th.  Good luck! :) 



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